CACTX engaged the services of DYONYX to develop best practices and streamline operations in order to improve compliancy and required reporting at the state level.
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has been given the authority to develop and enforce mandatory reliability standards (including cyber and physical security) for the reliable and secure operation of the Bulk Electric Systems throughout North America. Along with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the nation’s oldest physical science laboratory who has developed a set of security guideline for government and industry, security standards are evolving towards a common means to protect a hierarchy of systems across multiple industries.
These security standards, guidelines and corresponding risk assessment methodologies, depicted in the NIST Guidelines, are playing a key role in setting expectations and promoting security across critical infrastructure and operational areas of an enterprise.
NERC develops and enforces reliability standards; assesses adequacy annually via a 10-year forecast, and summer and winter forecasts; monitors the Bulk Electric System; and educates, trains and certifies industry personnel.
The NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standard was facilitated and developed by NERC and electric utility industry representatives respectively to address the reliability and security issues of the electric utility critical infrastructures.
Version 5 of the CIP Reliability Standard (approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission November 23, 2013 to be enforced starting February 3, 2016), incorporates many of the concepts and provisions of the NIST 800-53 Guideline.
DYONYX consultants have developed a number of innovations in the current and evolving NERC standards that can be leveraged to initiate or change existing Security Programs including, but not limited to: